Sunday, July 20, 2014

It All Started...

Gaza and four little boys playing on the beach. Gaza and a village. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, It All Started... by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mama Cat's Sermon

OK...BIG confession time. I posted an article on Facebook demonstrating that the children crossing our southern border illegally are fleeing terrible violence in Honduras, San Salvador and Guatemala. It generated a long discussion from many parts of the political spectrum and made me think long and hard. Much of that discussion, and my thoughts, wound up in this week's sermon. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Mama Cat's Sermon by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Satan's Self-Righteous Stew

Lord Jesus Christ
Son of God
Have mercy on me
A sinner

The sinner's prayer offers each of us a chance to confess with Paul that when we try to do good, we find that evil is close at hand. As we contemplate the disorder and tragedy in Iraq and Syria and try to form a national policy to engage the combatants, confession of our inability to do the good we wish is the most needed component of the discussion. Had our leaders begun their deliberation with this prayer, would they have been so quick to believe in weapons of mass destruction? Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Satan's Self-Righteous Stew by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Fire In Your Bones

The prophets, Jeremiah in this case, spoke of a compulsion to speak the word of the Lord which felt to them like a fire in their bones. Is this an image that the contemporary church evokes?
Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. as we consider the case of SGT. BOWE BERGDAHL in this week's sermon, FIRE IN YOUR BONES by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Win Your Wings

A very long time ago, airlines gave plastic wings to children who had flown so they could pin them on their shirts and tell the world of this wonderful thing that had happened to them. I don't know if airlines still do that or not. This Pentecost we discussed two ways to think about the pilot: as here and now, in the plane with us although behind a locked door, or distant and far removed operating our airplane as a drone and intervening only to perform occasional miracles. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, Win Your Wings by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Zhuangzi

Taoism is one of the world's oldest ways of looking at things. Master Zhuang was a very early writer in this tradition. One of his most famous stories was that of a dream he had that he was a butterfly. Come join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. in getting Taoism all over a nice Presbyterian church for this week's sermon, Zhuangzi by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Chosen

Calvinist thought is built around the idea of the chosen -- that God chooses some to do his work in the world. The Talmud offers a similar idea in the notion that the world is sustained by the righteous in the same way that Sodom and Gomorrah could have been saved if ten righteous people had been found there. The idea is similar to the Jewish story of the Pillars of the Universe, and we looked at a beautiful poem by Mikael Horowitz titled "Thirty Six Sentences on the Lamed-Vovniks" https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/5791033/Lamed-Vovniks.pdf

This week, we watch Paul at the Areopagus  and hear from Jesus' Farewell Discourse. Join the congregation of Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Ky. for this week's sermon, The Chosen by clicking HERE for audio or HERE for text.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at http://communitypresbyterian.org.